Mozambique: Government seeks funding to build Moamba-Major dam

4 March 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 4 March – The government of Mozambique needs US$360 million to build the Moamba-Major dam in order to guarantee Maputo’s water supply in the long term, the Mozambican public works and housing minister, Felício Zacarias said Monday in Maputo.

Speaking to Mozambican newspaper Notícias, the minister said that the Moamba-Major dam was fundamental because the Pequenos Libombos dam may not, in the future, meet the demand for drinking water in the capital, considering its population growth and industrial demand.

“We are still searching for more money to be able to build the dam and we believe that we can reach a similar solution to the one found for the Mpanda N’cua dam, in which we found a partner that could build it and manage it as a concession,” he thed.

The Moamba-Major dam, if it is built, is likely to be located 10 kilometers from the town of Moamba, along the Incomáti river, and will also help to regulate flooding in the area.

A technical consultation tender was granted in 2001 to Norconsult, which confirmed the need to build a dam on the Incomáti.

It is hoped that, once it has been built, the dam will add 600,000 cubic meters of water supply per year for the aluminum production process at the Mozal factory and other significant amounts for the iron and steel foundry.

the dam may also make its possible to re-launch and expand the Xinavane and Maragra sugar plantations, which cover an area 11,000 hectares. (macauhub)